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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

2007 jobs.perl.org report

Journal written by brian_d_foy (44) and posted by brian_d_foy on 2008.01.01 19:50   Printer-friendly

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Year | Total | Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
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2001 |   280 |   0    2    8   21   40   34   33   29   34    30    35    14
2002 |   413 |  34   33   35   16   45   26   37   46   33    42    31    35
2003 |   560 |  43   36   56   56   21   39   44   64   53    52    52    44
2004 |   949 |  75   58   78   88   74   88   82   87   65    87    85    82
2005 |  1429 |  93  110  120  135  135  125  115  113  106   132   144   101
2006 |  1857 | 164  138  157  151  166  153  140  176  152   172   179   109
2007 |  1966 | 182  156  181  190  177  168  176  165  145   179   148    99
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I'm not affiliated with jobs.perl.org, and this is only the simplest of analyses. I didn't try to correct for duplicate posts where the same job was re-advertised. jobs.perl.org has their own stats, although Dave Rolsky seemed to think my numbers might be better. I don't know if I believe him. :)

I don't attempt to draw any conclusions about the popularity (up or down) of Perl from these numbers. In general, I think that the continual uptrend is more about people finding out about the free service than the same market having more jobs.

I made this same report in 2006 too, and there are some interesting links in the comments. Also interesting is renodino's graphs about jobs on Dice and the code he wrote to make them, along with the discussion about the usefulness of any conclusions.

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